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Born in London in 1915, Field studied at Chelsea School of Art (1931–1932), where her tutors included Henry Moore, and Nottingham School of Art (1933–1936). In 1941 and 1942 Field undertook a Social Services Diploma at Birmingham University. Throughout her artistic career Field’s work continued to reflect her social conscience. This painting was one of a series made by the artist in response to the Aberfan disaster that took place on 21 October 1966, in which 144 people were killed when a coal waste tip slid on to the village in South Wales.

National Coal Mining Museum for England





oil on board


H 63 x W 106 cm

Accession number

YKSMM: 2005.94

Acquisition method

gift, 2005

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